Get the Skills to Become a Professional Natural Chef

Three Natural Chef students at Bauman College are smiling & laughing in the kitchen
Get the training you need to become a master in culinary arts with Bauman College’s Natural Chef Program

5-Month Natural Chef Program in Berkeley, CA

The Natural Chef Program at Bauman College offers a fresh take on the culinary arts by training students in the professional execution of nutrition-based restorative cooking. The hands-on approach emphasizes nutritional and restorative cooking techniques and recipes, beauty in presentation, and mastery of practical kitchen skills.

Students receive access to our recipe database so they can publish and share recipes, calculate nutrition information, create menus and shopping lists for potential clients, and connect with other culinary students and professionals alike—to get feedback, collaborate with one another, and discuss best practices in the industry.

Putting Culinary Skills To Work

Students are required to complete 50 hours of culinary fieldwork in order to become certified natural chefs. This helps them build confidence while getting real-world, practical experience working in the culinary arts industry.

Externship hours are supervised and may include working in the following settings:

  • Private Kitchens
  • Restaurants
  • Catering Companies
  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Resorts, Hotels, or Retreat Centers
  • Food Production Companies
  • And More! 

Each individual externship is approved by Bauman staff to ensure the utmost quality and value, and students are provided with ongoing faculty support and guidance throughout this experience. Externships are an excellent way to hone in on culinary skills & techniques, foster relationships in the industry, and build future career opportunities.

I came into this program having a bachelor's in nutritional sciences and simply wanted to learn healthy cooking techniques and recipes. I learned a substantial amount about holistic nutrition and therapeutic cooking, and the dishes were creative and packed with flavor. I thought I knew so much about nutrition already, but Bauman's Eating for Health® model really made me look at food and health differently. I would recommend this program to anyone passionate about health and looking to learn how to use whole foods as medicine through amazing dishes.
Giovanna G., Bauman Graduate

The Bauman College Business Curriculum

As a part of our Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef Programs, students will complete an online business curriculum to help channel their passion and knowledge into a strategy for personal success. From defining a target market and building a social media presence to starting their very own practices or implementing a job-search plan, the business curriculum will prepare our graduates for career success.

The curriculum includes:

  • Putting your Education to Work
  • Personal Branding
  • Self-Assessment + Exploration
  • Defining a Target Market + Developing a Specialty
  • Building Your Professional Identity
  • Social Media I: Building an Online Presence
  • Social Media II: Social Media Platforms
  • Social Media III: The Marketing Funnel
  • Food Photography + Styling
  • Organizing + Managing an Effective Job Search
  • Job Search Follow-up + Negotiations
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Starting a Culinary Business
  • Running a Culinary Business
  • Ready for Business Portfolio

By learning business best practices, our students develop a solid foundation that prepares them to build professional career plans. They will feel confident and prepared for their careers upon graduation.

Our curriculum is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, practical understanding of nutrition-based, restorative cooking. For a detailed description of the natural chef curriculum, please view our catalog.


Natural Chef Curriculum Outline

  • Culinary Foundations
  • Farm to Table: Culinary Techniques
  • Midterms
  • Culinary Careers Panel
  • Restorative Cooking for Optimal Health
  • World Cuisine: Flavor Profiles + Restorative Benefits
  • Final Presentations
  • Culinary Showcase
  • In-House Culinary Hours
  • Culinary Externship

Is Holistic Nutrition Training Right for You? Take the Bauman College “Holistic Nutrition Education Readiness Quiz”

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Is a Rewarding Career as a Natural Chef Right for You? Get More Information…

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a natural chef and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form to receive more information.

A helpful Bauman College admissions representative will assist you with everything from program details to career questions and help discover the best option for you.

For immediate questions, please call us at 1-800-987-7530